In this series we will be giving 25 reasons why the Jehovah’s Witnesses have their Christology and Trinitarian theology wrong. We will make our case right from the Scriptures:
5. Heb 7:3 asserts that Christ had “neither beginning of days nor end of life.”
One of the central tenets of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs is that Jesus Christ is a created being, specifically Michael the Archangel. This means, there was a time a real, real long time ago when Jesus was created.
However, this position is Scripturally impossible as Heb 7:3 makes it clear that Christ is eternal. In this passage Jesus Christ and Melchizedek are compared due to the fact that the latter prefigured the former:
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually (Heb 7:1-3).
So, how is Melchizedek like Jesus?
1. He is the “King of Salem.” Christ is the King of the New Jerusalem.
2. He is a priest of the Most High God. Likewise, Christ is a priest who mediates between mankind and the Father.
3. He is the “king of righteousness.” Prophecies of King Jesus declare that he will be righteous (Is 9:7, Jer 23:5).
4. He is the “king of peace.” Jesus Christ is called the “Prince of Peace” in Is 9:6.
5. He has no explicit father or mother (which we may infer from the fact that he does not have a genealogy listed in the Old Testament.) Jesus Christ, though He has earthly parents, is conceived by the Holy Spirit and does not have original sin.* In this sense, He has no father and mother. *Being that Christ is truly human and divine, I am unsure what His XY chromosomes would contain, though I would suspect God would have constructed Mary and Joseph’s DNA creatio ex nihlo.
6. Without an explicit genealogy we do not know when Melchizedek’s life began or end. Paul (who likely wrote Hebrews) tells us explicitly that Melichizedek is like Christ in that “without genealogy”he had “neither beginning of days nor end of life.’
Number six allows us to draw one of two conclusions:
1. Melchizedek is literally like Christ in that he never had a beginning, which would make both Melchizedek and Christ both eternal.
2. Melchizedek is metaphorically* like Christ in that he seemingly never had a beginning. This would make Melchizedek created, but Christ eternal without beginning nor end.
*The force of a metaphor is lost when the metaphor does not have a parallel, literal reality.
So, in closing, anyway you dice it, Christ is uncreated for He never had a beginning. This means the Watchtower teaches lies when it asserts that Christ is a created being.